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Transnational Regulation, Voluntary Standards, and Trade

Dates:
  • Wed 24 Oct 2018 09.00 - 18.00
  • Thu 25 Oct 2018 09.00 - 18.00
  • Fri 26 Oct 2018 09.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-10-24 9:00 2018-10-26 18:00 Europe/Paris Transnational Regulation, Voluntary Standards, and Trade

Today’s global economy is governed by an increasingly complex web of standards – technical standards, quality standards, and increasingly also sustainability standards aimed to reduce the environmental and social impact of transnational production. But who sets these standards? Are they compatible with the international trade regime? How are they governed and implemented? And are they helping or hindering sustainable development?

This executive training provides a comprehensive and practical discussion of standard setting in a rapidly changing global regulatory environment. With a focus on transnational trade and production, participants learn about the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) rules on product standards, and the work of private standard setting bodies such as the International Standardization Organization (ISO). The trainers then focus on the highly dynamic field of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS). Prominent examples are the Forest Stewardship Council, Fairtrade International, and the Rainforest Alliance. These voluntary initiatives set standards for sustainable production and often operate certification programs to verify compliance in global value chains. Initiated by NGOs, firms, and multi-stakeholder initiatives, the stated goal of VSS is to create win-win situations by reconciling environmental, social, and economic policy objectives. However, the potential of VSS to deliver on these objectives remains uncertain and contested. Particularly, the effectiveness of VSS and their impact on trade and development remains subject to much debate and controversy.

In exploring these subjects and considering the associated policy challenges, the training will employ a combination of expert presentations, in-depth case studies, and group discussions. Throughout the course participants will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners from relevant international organizations, such as the International Standardization Organization and the International Trade Centre.

Fees: 1,300 € (10% reduction for early registrations)

A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international European and national civil servants, as well as to members of the NGOs.

The fees cover the cost of the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included in the fees.

Full or partial fee-waivers, as well as a limited number of scholarships, will be available on merit or needs basis.

The deadline for applications is 28 September 2018.

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  Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia

Today’s global economy is governed by an increasingly complex web of standards – technical standards, quality standards, and increasingly also sustainability standards aimed to reduce the environmental and social impact of transnational production. But who sets these standards? Are they compatible with the international trade regime? How are they governed and implemented? And are they helping or hindering sustainable development?

This executive training provides a comprehensive and practical discussion of standard setting in a rapidly changing global regulatory environment. With a focus on transnational trade and production, participants learn about the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) rules on product standards, and the work of private standard setting bodies such as the International Standardization Organization (ISO). The trainers then focus on the highly dynamic field of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS). Prominent examples are the Forest Stewardship Council, Fairtrade International, and the Rainforest Alliance. These voluntary initiatives set standards for sustainable production and often operate certification programs to verify compliance in global value chains. Initiated by NGOs, firms, and multi-stakeholder initiatives, the stated goal of VSS is to create win-win situations by reconciling environmental, social, and economic policy objectives. However, the potential of VSS to deliver on these objectives remains uncertain and contested. Particularly, the effectiveness of VSS and their impact on trade and development remains subject to much debate and controversy.

In exploring these subjects and considering the associated policy challenges, the training will employ a combination of expert presentations, in-depth case studies, and group discussions. Throughout the course participants will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners from relevant international organizations, such as the International Standardization Organization and the International Trade Centre.

Fees: 1,300 € (10% reduction for early registrations)

A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international European and national civil servants, as well as to members of the NGOs.

The fees cover the cost of the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included in the fees.

Full or partial fee-waivers, as well as a limited number of scholarships, will be available on merit or needs basis.

The deadline for applications is 28 September 2018.


Location:
Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
School of Transnational Governance

Type:
Executive Training Seminar

Contact:
Silvia Dell'Acqua (School of Transnational Governance) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Bernard Hoekman (EUI - RSCAS)
Philip Schleifer (University of Amsterdam)

Attachment:
Full Programme

Links:
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